Bulldogs bite ends Panthers season

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have ended the finals hopes of the Penrith Panthers with a strong second half performance to defeat them 34-14 in front of 15,313 at ANZ Stadium.

James Graham was fired up in the contest as he charged through the Panthers pack to post first points inside the first 5 minutes. The Bulldogs led 6-0 with the conversion from Trent Hodkinson

Penrith returned serve minutes later as Isaac John was gifted a try thanks to a surging try from Lewis Brown. Penrith locked the game up with the boot of Luke Walsh, 6-all after 8 minutes.

Powerful winger, Josh Mansour easily fended past Bulldogs fullback Josh Morris to post the second Penrith try in the western corner. The Panthers kicked ahead to 12-6 after 13 minutes.

After a scrappy 20 minutes, Luke Walsh opted to extend the Panthers lead to 8 points with a penalty goal, 14-6.

Just before the time keeper could reach for the siren, Tim Lafai finished off a brilliant piece of play from the Bulldogs as he scored in the 40th minute. Tony Williams charged through the defence to link with Mitch Brown who kicked ahead for Lafai. At the break, the Panthers leading 14-12 with Walsh's penalty goal the difference.

Momentum continued to build in the second half as the Bulldogs scored for four unanswered tries in the second half.

Tim Lafai crafted his second try with a skillful display as he juggled a pass from Josh Morris to plant the ball down. Bulldogs extended to 18-14 to take the lead once again.

Mitch Brown upstaging Tim Lafai as he reached over his head to ground the ball on the whitewash off a floating pass. Canterbury on a roll as the points continued to flow, 22-14 after 57 minutes.

The Bulldogs closed the game with two further tries as Krisnan Inu and Trent Hodkinson added their names to the scorers sheet. Penrith unable to fight back as they had no interchanges left inside the final 20 minutes. The Bulldogs dashing the finals hopes of the Panthers with a 34-14 victory.

Next week, the Bulldogs head across the border to face the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium. Meanwhile the Panthers cross the Split bridge to battle the flying Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval.

Match Details
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 34 Penrith Panthers 14
Venue: Stadium Australia
Crowd: 15313
Halftime Score: Penrith Panthers 14-12

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - James Graham
2 points - Mitch Brown
1 point - Josh Mansour

CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS (34)
Tries: James Graham, Trent Hodkinson, Timoteo Lafai (2), Mitch Brown, Krisnan Inu
Field Goals:
Conversions: Trent Hodkinson (5/6)
Penalty Goals:

PENRITH PANTHERS (14)
Tries: Isaac John (2), Josh Mansour
Field Goals:
Conversions: Luke Walsh (2/2)
Penalty Goals: Luke Walsh (1/1)

LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary

Welcome to LeagueUnlimited's live coverage from ANZ Stadium as we bring you the second Super Saturday match between the Bulldogs and the Panthers.

TEAM NEWS: The Bulldogs are unchanged, 1-17 this evening. Meanwhile the Panthers have one change with Jeremy Latimore ruled out, Nigel Plum comes into the side.

Bulldogs: 1. Josh Morris 2. Mitch Brown 3. Krisnan Inu 4. Tim Lafai 5. Sam Perrett 6. Josh Reynolds 7. Trent Hodkinson 8. Aiden Tolman. Michael Ennis (C) 10. James Graham 11. Tony Williams 12. Josh Jackson 13. Dale Finucane
Interchange: 14. Dene Halatau 15. Lachlan Burr 16. Tim Browne 17. Martin Taupau

Panthers: 1. Lachlan Coote 2. Josh Mansour 3. Lewis Brown 4. Dean Whare 5. David Simmons 6. Isaac John 7. Luke Walsh 8. Tim Grant 9. Kevin Kingston (c) 10. Sam McKendry 11. Clint Newton 12. Sika Manu 13. Ryan Simpkins
Interchange: 14. James Segeyaro 15. Nathan Smith 17. Mose Masoe 18. Nigel Plum
Both teams getting the final word from their coaches in the sheds. Kick off is minutes away.
1 min: We are UNDERWAY at ANZ Stadium as the Penrith Panthers kick off
2 min: First penalty of the match for a strip against the Panthers. Trent Hodkinson finds the sideline and the Bulldogs attack 20 metres out
5 min: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by James Graham. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
James Graham charged straight into the Panthers defensive line, stepped and sailed through the line to post first points. The Panthers defence poor in attempting to stop the raid as the Bulldogs hit the lead. Trent Hodkinson with the conversion attempt slots the extras
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 6-0
8 min: TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by Isaac John. Conversion attempt by Luke Walsh successful.
Isaac John has been gifted a try by Lewis Brown as he passed back inside to his 5/8th. Brown broke free of the Bulldogs defence to charge towards the goal line, Krisnan Inu unable to cover the hole and Brown links with John to score. Luke Walsh from out wide converts to lock the game up
6 all
10 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Krisnan Inu makes an unforced error.
Krisnan Inu just got his hands up in the road of a floating pass from Trent Hodkinson that was meant for Sam Perrett. Bulldogs give up possession on halfway as the Panthers pack a scrum
13 min: TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by Josh Mansour. Conversion attempt by Luke Walsh successful.
Josh Mansour has shown up Josh Morris in defence as he sailed down the sideline and fended him away after taking a floating pass from Isaac John. Bulldogs right side defence struggling already tonight. Luke Walsh with the conversion from the western sideline adds the extras
Penrith Panthers 12-6
14 min: Dale Finucane is penalised for holding down too long in the ruck. A free march up field from the try for the Panthers, the kick for line sees them start their set on halfway
15 min: UNFORCED ERROR PENRITH PANTHERS
Sika Manu makes an unforced error.
Sika Manu is ruled to have lost the ball in a tackle, however on replay it appeared Trent Hodkinson helped the ball out. A lucky call for the Bulldogs as they pack and win a scrum feed 20 metres off their own line
16 min: Penalty against Kevin Kingston, and the Bulldogs march up field inside the Panthers half
17 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Josh Morris makes an unforced error.
Josh Morris charged into the defence of Lewis Brown and the tackle knocked the ball free. The Bulldogs pressure is undone with a scrum packing for the Panthers 10 metres off their own line
19 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Dale Finucane makes an unforced error.
Lachlan Coote covers up Dale Finucane after making a line break and forces the ball free. The Bulldogs unable to build any pressure tonight
20 min: UNFORCED ERROR PENRITH PANTHERS
Dean Whare makes an unforced error.
Dean Whare unable to take the pass from Isaac John as he is tackled by Mitch Brown. Scrum for the Bulldogs 10 metres short of halfway
21 min: After some juggle ball from the Bulldogs, the ball is ripped out and regathered 10 metres out by the Bulldogs. Zero tackle called.
22 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Josh Morris makes an unforced error.
The passes aren't sticking tonight as Josh Jackson charged into the line, offloaded to Josh Morris to failed to take the ball. Knock on and a scrum packs for Penrith 10 metres off their own line
24 min: Michael Ennis pass is ruled forward as he popped a short pass to James Graham. Scrum for the Panthers short of halfway
25 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Timoteo Lafai makes an unforced error.
Tim Lafai with a shocker play of the ball, drops the ball in the ruck. Scrum for Penrith 20 metres from the Bulldogs goal line
27 min: UNFORCED ERROR PENRITH PANTHERS
Clint Newton makes an unforced error.
Clint Newton spills the no look pass from Isaac John. Scrum for the Bulldogs 10 metres off their goal line
28 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Krisnan Inu makes an unforced error.
Krisnan Inu loses possession in a legs tackle from James Segeyaro. Another scrum for the Panthers 35 metres out from the Bulldogs goal line
29 min: Clint Newton is down after taking a high tackle from Josh Jackson.
29 min: Josh Jackson is ON REPORT and penalised for a high tackle on Clint Newton. Luke Walsh will take a shot at penalty goal
30 min: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL PENRITH PANTHERS
Penalty goal attempt by Luke Walsh successful.
Luke Walsh extends the lead with the penalty goal from beside the uprights
Penrith Panthers 14-6
31 min: Penalty against Krisnan Inu for a strip in the ruck, he is then marched a further 10 metres for running his mouth at the referee. Panthers attack inside the Bulldogs half
32 min: Luke Walsh kicking on the second tackle, Dave Simmons jumped for the ball but then forced over the sideline. Scrum for the Bulldogs 10 metres off their own line
34 min: Penalty against James Graham for holding in the tackle too long. Fired up with a angry look on his face as he screamed at the referee. Panthers attacking 35 metres out
40 min: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Timoteo Lafai. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
Tim Lafai has claimed a try after finished off a brilliant move as he reached over the goal line. Tony Williams started the move with a charged run into the Panthers defence. He offloaded to Mitch Brown who bolted down the sideline to kick ahead for Lafai to score. Trent Hodkinson from the sideline closed the gap to 2 points
Penrith Panthers 14-12
40 min: HALF TIME at ANZ Stadium sees the Panthers holding a slim 2 point lead over the Bulldogs, 14-12
41 min: Second half is UNDERWAY as the smoke hangs over ANZ Stadium after fireworks at half time
45 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Tony Williams makes an unforced error.
Tony Williams with a wayward offload sees the ball roll over the sideline. Scrum for the Panthers on their own 10 metre line
46 min: Dave Simmons took a run down the sideline but Trent Hodkinson covered him up as he dragged him over the sideline. Scrum for the Bulldogs
51 min: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Timoteo Lafai. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
Tim Lafai as somehow managed to plant the ball down one handed after he juggled a floating pass from Josh Morris. Trent Hodkinson with the conversion attempt extended the lead
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 18-14
53 min: Penalty to the Panthers for James Graham slowing down the ruck. Panthers attacking 40 metres out from the Bulldogs goal line
57 min: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Mitch Brown. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson unsuccessful.
Mitch Brown off a floating pass as danced his way to the goal line as he managed to reach behind himself to plant the ball on the line. Trent Hodkinson from the sideline is unable to slot the extras
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 22-14
62 min: UNFORCED ERROR PENRITH PANTHERS
David Simmons makes an unforced error.
Dave Simmons on the last tackle jumped for the rushed kick and unable to hold possession. Change over for the Bulldogs on their own line
63 min: Penalty to the Bulldogs as the Panthers were ruled offside at the play of the ball. Hodkinson kicks for touch and the Bulldogs attack 40 metres out from the Panthers line
64 min: Josh Morris looking to fend away the Panthers is unable too as Josh Mansour and Lewis Brown force him over the sideline. Scrum for the Panthers 10 metres off their own line
65 min: Penalty to the Panthers for a strip, Bulldogs under pressure as they give possession once again
66 min: Josh Morris has pushed up in defence and dragged Josh Mansour over the sideline as he looked for the corner. Scrum for the Bulldogs
67 min: Four Bulldogs muscle up in defence and push Lachlan Coote over the sideline from the kick return. Bulldogs with a big chance at points attacking 10 metres out from the goal line
68 min: VIDEO REFEREE for the Bulldogs, Hodkinson has NO TRY. Looking at the restart here
68 min: NO TRY is ruled as Trent Hodkinson lost the ball in goal before being forced over the touch line. 20 metre tap for the Panthers
71 min: VIDEO REFEREE for the Bulldogs, Krisnan Inu has a TRY. This could be season over for Penrith if it's awarded
72 min: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Krisnan Inu. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
Krisnan Inu has been awarded the try as he charged into the defence and dived over the goal line. Trent Hodkinson with the conversion attempt slots the extras to make the lead 14 points
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 28-14
73 min: Panthers with a short kick off come up with possession as they attack 40m out
75 min: Inside the final five minutes, Panthers season is all but over as the Bulldogs pack a scrum 10 metres off their own line
79 min: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Trent Hodkinson. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
Trent Hodkinson races away as the kick bounces high and away over the back of the Panthers defence to score. He converts his own try to extend this handsome lead from the sideline
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 34-14
79 min: Mitch Brown with an NFL style pass back inside. Josh Morris laughing as he continued to the try line. Panthers with a scrum feed
80 min: FULL TIME at ANZ Stadium has seen the Bulldogs end the season for the Panthers with a 34-14 victory.
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